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Ryan Zimmerman to start minor league rehab Sunday in Hagerstown

Zimmerman has played at extended spring training for more than a week, taking batting practice and appearing in scrimmages. Zimmerman played in an extended spring training game today, playing four innings at third base and going 0 for 4. Afterward, he returned to Washington.

Zimmerman often says he needs little time to prepare after not playing for a long period of time, so he could join the Nationals before they return home from their current 11-game road trip.

Zimmerman last played April 9, when he tore an abdominal muscle sliding into second base. He underwent surgery May 3 and has been rehabbing ever since. The Nationals expected a six-week rehab, but it seems Zimmerman could return a week or so earlier.

Without their best player, the Nationals have gone 22-26. Before he aggravated his injury, Zimmerman was hitting .357/.486/.536. Remarkably, he still ranks fifth on the Nationals in wins above replacement among position players at 0.6.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.


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